August 1, 2013
In a continuation of yesterdays trial, I'm picking up the topic of waiting, and doctors visits. After a long wait for a much needed appointment, this doctor spent most of the exam time on his mini laptop, recording information for record keeping and insurance. Eighty percent of his patient time was spent looking at a screen, not the patient. This is a seasoned doctor who has been forced to use his allotted patient time to record information. Patience is key, as is a patient advocate (meaning me, the mom), armed with an iPad full of questions, that we eventually worked through. It took some time because he had to record everything discussed. As we went through options, it was a curious piece to me the thing the doctor had forgotten, like test results and initial diagnosis. Again, me being 'the mom,' I patiently waited as he struggled to scroll back to look at information recorded awhile ago. I never remember a doctor needing to remember a patient had Hypothyroid, when they used paper patient folders, but I digress. The actual physical exam took 3 minutes tops; time spent on a laptop... a good 20 minutes. When it came time to get prescription,s he happily offered to send them electronically to our mail order pharmacy. Unfortunately his computer was experiencing some down time, and we received a paper scrip. The moral of this column...patient advocates are a good idea, so is paper.
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PBS offers these free family fun ideasfor your toddler
Once toddlers have mastered walking and running, there's no slowing them down. Join in the action this summer by planning activities that will keep them on the move and make them tired enough to settle down for an afternoon nap!
No need to join the pool or rent a beach house to let your children indulge in one of summer's greatest pleasures: playing in the water. Set up a sprinkler or a small wading pool in the backyard and let them splash. Provide cups or buckets to let them enjoy the satisfaction of pouring water into and out of a container (when neither one of you needs to worry about spills). Throw in toys or household objects, from metal spoons to plastic balls, to experiment with objects that sink and float.
Music appreciation classes for toddlers have become extremely popular. While they are fun and educational, they can also be expensive. Save big by cranking up the Ipod or CD player at home and wiggling away the afternoon with your child. Give her some simple instruments (like a shaker made from beans in an empty plastic jar) so she can get the beat. Toddlers like repetition, so don't be afraid to play the same songs day after day.
Bubble Wrap Stomp
Don't throw away the packing materials from your last mail order shipment! Spread out leftover bubble wrap on a hard surface like a wooden floor or driveway and let the dancing begin. Several kids stomping together can sound like firecrackers exploding, so it makes a great Fourth of July celebration.
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